Nintendo wants Wii U to be the console devs want to publish on
Despite low sales of the Wii U over the past year, Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt says he’s confident that third-party developers will continue to support the Wii U. In an interview with Forbes, Moffitt stated that he believes console sales will improve this holiday season and that more great games from third-party publishers will be coming in 2014.
“We don’t see this as an either-or proposition. Nintendo is in the unique position of being both a hardware manufacturer as well as a software producer. We want Wii U to be the console that every developer wants to publish on.
A key way to make that happen is to grow the installed base of Wii U owners, and we know that current Wii U owners are very happy with their purchases. Our great lineup in the second half of the year will create more buyers, and beyond that third-party support is important to attract as diverse an audience as possible.”
It’s interesting to see Nintendo have such confidence in third-party publishers, when Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Interactive have been the only publishers supporting their games on the Wii U. Activision has Call of Duty: Ghosts and Electronic Arts has completely pulled out of Wii U development, citing the need to evaluate the market and return when its stronger.